Experience the Best of Santa Barbara
With its rich Spanish heritage, breathtaking natural beauty, and warm, comfortable weather, it is no wonder that Santa Barbara is a popular tourist destination for those looking to leave behind the stress of daily life.
Upon arrival in this wildly distinct city, you are sure to notice the red tile roofs, cobblestone pathways, and whitewashed stucco buildings that have earned Santa Barbara the designation American Riviera. Only adding to the charming, laid-back atmosphere are the foothills of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the palm-lined beaches along the Pacific, which also serve as the perfect backdrop for all your activities and adventures.
Whether you are staying in a Santa Barbara vacation rental in the mountains or near one of the beautiful beaches, a Sunday visit to the waterfront is in order for anyone who wants to check out the weekly Waterfront Arts and Crafts Show, one of the community’s favorite traditions in Chase Palm Park.
Located near the art show is Santa Barbara’s most famous landmark, Stearns Wharf. As the oldest working wharf in all of California, you can watch local fishing boats unload their bounty before prowling the unusual shops and dining at one of the fanciful restaurants. Families will also want to check out the Ty Warner Sea Center with its interactive and engaging marine education exhibits.
Santa Barbara’s location on the Central Coast also means that you’re never too far away from a sparkling sandy strip. East Beach is always the place to go for a relaxing day full of swimming, volleyball, and sunbathing, while the popular Arroyo Burro Beach County Park beckons to the more adventuresome with its excellent surfing and bodysurfing conditions.